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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in Dimensional Lumber Woodworking.

Let's make a sign!  They're cool!  
Signs at the lab

Funny signs

To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
 - 5" tall by 18" wide
 - Some means of hanging or posting the sign
 - No treated wood
 - Lettering and images are burned
 - must finish with tung oil or linseed oil (or else the burned image disappears)

To document your completion of the BB, provide the following:
 - pic of the sign getting oiled
 - pic of the sign hanging or posted

Clarifications:
 - No plywood, OSB or particle board - use dimensional lumber

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Nicole Alderman
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I don't think I have the tools to burn it, but what if I made the sign, carved the letters, and stained the letter with a stain made from rusty nails? I don't have tong or lineseed oil--I oil my tools with coconut oil mixed with beeswax. Could I oil with that instead?
 
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I'd imagine (could be wrong here) that a big nail, held with pliers, heated in a small fire could be used to burn letters.  The bigger the nail/spike/screwdriver/bar, the longer it would hold heat.
 
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The wood burning kits are mighty cheap.  

I think that the coconut oil would not polymerize so that the char would be held onto the wood.   But I would like to see some experiments done and take a look at the samples three years later.
 
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I did, indeed, get a woodburner! First I made a sign for my kids' Tree Fort House





But, I forgot to take a picture of me oiling it


So, I made sure to take a picture of oiling the sign for Huckleberry Book Nook, which is part of the Tree Fort House complex.

Before oiling



During oiling



And then installed with eyehooks and string so I could move it as the kids desired--and the did so desire to move it, a lot!



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I hereby certify Nicole completed this BB.

 
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Neat signs Nicole, they look great!
 
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Thank you! The signs have been really fun to make! I'm really excited about the sign post I'm working on. The snow will have to melt before I can install it, though! (All of the signs are for places on my map https://permies.com/wiki/101705/PEP-BB-community-sand-map#839152).

When we were naming the duck yard, my husband suggested Duck Land, because it reminded him of Mario and how all the levels in the game are called "_____ Land". So, Duck Land sign has an egg popping out of the box instead of a coin, and also has a little mushroom for the ducks to grow bigger :D
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Nicole Alderman wrote:When we were naming the duck yard, my husband suggested Duck Land, because it reminded him of Mario and how all the levels in the game are called "_____ Land". So, Duck Land sign has an egg popping out of the box instead of a coin, and also has a little mushroom for the ducks to grow bigger



I love that!
 
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Nicole your signs are absolutely lovely!!
 
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